Today I am thrilled to be sharing my review of Those People by Louise Candlish.
About the Book:
Until Darren and Jodie move in, Lowland Way is a suburban paradise. Beautiful homes. Friendly neighbours. Kids playing out in the street. But Darren and Jodie don’t follow the rules and soon disputes over loud music and parking rights escalate to threats of violence.
Then, early one Sunday, a horrific crime shocks the street. As the police go house-to-house, the residents close ranks and everyone’s story is the same: They did it.
But there’s a problem. The police don’t agree. And the door they’re knocking on next is yours.
Are you a fan of the idyllic community setting that you see in feel good TV shows like Neighbours? If you are, then this book is definitely not for you!
Louise has created a world much like pleasantville, in the suburb of Lowland Way in the south of London, where everything is portrayed as all sunshine and roses. But what was once the ideal street to live in, soon turns into a nightmare when Darren and Jodie set up residence!
They are everything that the rest of the community are not! They play loud music and drink until all hours of the morning, have rubbish and building materials littering their yard, as well as multiple vehicles around that makes the street look like a used car lot. You can imagine that this does not go down well with the other resident’s, and after multiple attempts from each of the neighbours who politely trying to reason with them, Darren and Jodie just laugh off their attempts at trying to make them fit into their way of living.
Then tragedy strikes when one of their own is killed, and everyone is quick to come together to place the blame on Darren and Jodie in the hope that they will be arrested and they can get back their once idyllic street. But there are some things that don’t add up to the police and this is when the story moves into territory of how far would someone go in setting someone up for a crime that has been committed by another.
Louise has cleverly set up a story like what you see out of the TV show “The Nightmare Next Door” and does a great job at conveying what it would be like to live next door to a neighbour from hell! I was able to feel what the residents were feeling and I was very anxious throughout. I could not think of anything worse and I loved how the story moved from an upbeat one to a more darker and sinister tone.
There are a number of characters in the book, that are a mix bag of both likeable and unlikeable ones, that are well written and developed. We are given glimpses into each of their lives away from the perfect world that has been created on the outside to where the reader becomes privy to secrets that are being kept hidden behind closed doors, and how their lives are not as perfect as they appear to be. It is a very intriguing insight how two people can change the dynamics of a street into one where the residents are forced into revealing who they really are.
As the story progresses, any one of them could be the culprit and when I thought I had it figured out, Louise would throw in a curve ball and take me in a completely different direction right up to the finale. I really enjoyed that in this book.
This is a quick enjoyable read that moves at a steady pace, with just the right amount of mystery and suspense that kept me enthralled throughout. I recommend this book and look forward to reading more from Louise in the future.
Thank-you to #NetGalley, #SimonandSchuster (Australia) and #LouiseCandlish for allowing me to read an advanced copy of Those People in exchange for an honest review.
All opinions are my own and are not biased in anyway.
Those People is available to buy now!
About the Author:
Sunday Times bestselling author Louise Candlish was born in Hexham, Northumberland, and grew up in the Midlands town of Northampton. She studied English at University College London and worked as an illustrated books editor and copywriter before writing fiction. She is the author of twelve novels, including the thriller Our House, winner of the British Book Awards 2019 Crime & Thriller Book of the Year and a #1 bestseller in paperback, ebook and audiobook.
Louise lives in Herne Hill in South London with her husband and teenage daughter. Besides books, the things she likes best are: coffee; TV; cats and dogs (equally); salted caramel; France (especially the Ile de Re); Italy (especially Sicily); tennis; Vanity Fair magazine; ‘Book at Bedtime’; lasagne; heavy metal; ‘The Archers’; driving towards the sea (but not into it); anything at the Royal Opera House; white wine; Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups (or, failing that, a Starbar); using parentheses, semi-colons, and Oxford commas.